No old pals act for Adkins as Blades face Scunthorpe

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Scunthorpe United, he admits, will always have a special place in his heart.

But come 3pm this afternoon, Nigel Adkins insists he will only have one thing on his mind.

Not his own remarkable Glanford Park journey from physio to manager, or the two promotions he delivered to the club.

For Adkins, it’s all about Sheffield United.

“We’re looking forward to going back,” the Bramall Lane boss said.

“Andy Crosby and Lee Turnbull were also at Scunthorpe when I was there. Lee a lot longer than I was, too.

“They’ll always have a special place in my heart. It’s a real family club. But it’s all about Sheffield United for us now, and we’ll be giving everything to win the game.

“United is what all our energies and focus are concentrated on now.”

Another player with Glanford Park connections is striker Billy Sharp, who scored 56 times in 95 games for Scunthorpe after joining from United as a youngster.

Sharp scored the winner in last Sunday’s victory over Coventry, and Adkins said: “The players are all up for it, and I always feel as if we are going to score. So keeping goals out is key.

“Billy is a goalscorer and he had a point to prove last week. Billy will always score goals for us.

“It doesn’t matter how they go in... they all count the same.

“You have to get yourself into the right position to score. That’s what you get rewarded for.”

Jamal Campbell-Ryce, missing since he damaged a hamstring in the draw at Barnsley, is pushing to be included in the matchday squad at Scunthorpe.

“Jamal has been out but is pushing to be involved. They all want to be involved,” Adkins said.